I dropped into a local violin makers place to try a few of whatever basses he may have there. He pretty much showed me a rack with a couple and said, "Go for it." And so I did. Basses had no labels or anything, no price tag, so I was trying them with no bias at all. Anyway, found this one bass, looked very much handmade, just from the...you know when you know when you look at a handmade instrument. It sounded incredible! It had a certain attitude, and growl to it, with a in-your-face sorta bottom end. I loved the sound, and the it's "look". The finish was very deep and rich and had some cool engravings on the tuner plates. It didn't have one of those ID tag things inside the body so it was a bit of a mystery. I found out later that it was indeed a handmade bass about 3 years old, with the only information that it was made in Lao Shan, China. Ok, so that's the background story. My actual question is: the bass is relatively light, compared to, say a Gliga which is quite bottom heavy. I know some Chinese basses are known for their 'green-ness' at the making process. This bass obviously has been sitting around for a while in a relatively dry-ish, dusty room (this is down in Australia) and looks and sounds fine. One other thing was that I could actually flex the hang-off part of the fingerboard whenever I went to pizz a hard note, which was kinda freaky at first cos I thought I'd warped it or something. I've never flexed the fingerboard on a bass from pizzing it so hard. Anyway the whole bass felt very 'springy'. Dunno whether that's a good or bad thing...but it was very nice and easy to play. Can someone tell me what's up with this weird springy-ness this bass has?